Brumadinho, Brazil | Founder Bernardo Paz | 2006-
Inhotim is the world’s largest outdoor art museum. Located an hour southwest of Belo Horizonte, Inhotim is an art tourist destination similar to Marfa, Storm King and the Setouchi Islands. At 140 hectares, the site is a massive theme park with about four dozen outdoor artworks and art galleries integrated within an impressive botanical garden. The site features works from renowned Brazilian and international artists like Hélio Oiticica, Yayoi Kusama and Chris Burden.
The theme park has three major routes, electrical shuttles and charging stations, and even its own phone app – two full days are highly recommended. Unlike typical theme parks where queues dominate the experience, Inhotim promotes an intimate discovery of art in nature.
This concept of art tourism has the ability to translate to art freeports, given their close proximity to major transportation hubs. The art depot can be an extension of the airport or train station terminal, and the alternative to the waiting room.
Inhotim has not gone without controversy. In fall 2017, its founder, Bernardo Paz was sentenced to prison for tax evasion.
Visited: January 11-12, 2018